Amanda Rollins Maxwell, M.D.Pre-Health Professions Advising Coordinator & Lecturer
- 112 Zeis Hall
- Monday 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
- Friday 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
- Note: Note: Monday’s office hours are in person in Zeis 103 and remote. Friday’s office hours are remote only. Office hours remote link: https://bit.ly/Maxwell_Open_Office
Dr. Maxwell is a lecturer and a UNC Asheville Pre-health Professions Advisor and Committee Coordinator. She earned a BA in Chemistry from UNC Asheville. During and after her undergraduate education, she participated in fundraising and hands-on educational outreach with World Camp for Kids (an HIV educational program for primary school children in Malawi, Africa), engaged in clinical volunteering with Spanish immersion classes in multiple Latin American countries, taught chemistry in UNCA’s Super Saturday enrichment program for elementary students, and worked as an assistant naturalist and educator at Jones Gap State Park in Marietta, SC.
During her medical training at the UNC School of Medicine (SOM), Dr. Maxwell participated in multiple projects and educational experiences that broadened her perspective and increased her cultural humility. She was accepted as a member of CAMPOS, a SOM program to prioritize certain medical students for focused clinical training in communities with a high percentage of Spanish-speaking individuals. As a first-year medical student, Dr. Maxwell co-founded a medical student-run program, Proyecto Puentes de Salud (PPS), with the goal of increasing collaboration between the UNC medical faculty and students with specific communities with high economic migration between NC and Mexico by providing increased medical access, testing, and health education in these rural NC and Mexican communities. PPS provided free HIV and cardiovascular screenings, and conducted surveys to evaluate the incidence of other potential conditions that can negatively affect a person's mental and emotional health. PPS members also provided individual risk reduction counseling and hand-on educational talks. As an upper level medical student, Dr. Maxwell spent a month training in an immersive medical Spanish school in Guatemala and provided primary care medical assistance under the supervision of a local midwife in a rural indigenous Mam community.
After earning a Medical Degree from UNC Chapel Hill, Dr. Maxwell trained in the MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency Program, but her true calling has always been to educate and support others in their process of growth. Dr. Maxwell decided to transition to the work of teaching, first in high school and now in an undergraduate setting.
At UNC Asheville, Dr. Maxwell applies a growth mindset, universal design principles, and a focus on increasing equity to support both her student’s learning in the classroom and her pre-health advisees’ professional development, cultural humility, and ultimately successful career pursuits. Dr. Maxwell teaches a variety of health and natural science courses and is the coordinator for the UNC Asheville Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee.
Dr. Maxwell also believes in community service and engages in a variety of volunteer roles. Her most notable previous roles include: weekly coordinator for Homeward Bound’s Room In The Inn (RITI) program to provide temporary housing, social services, support, and ultimately permanent housing to women with histories of substance abuse, steering committee member for the All Souls Cathedral’s Koinonia program to engage in community service to increase racial and economic equity from a culturally humble approach, and a variety of volunteer roles in the Covid-19 vaccination clinics in Buncombe, Madison, and Henderson Counties. She also enjoys many outdoor activities with her family, increasing pollinator habitats, and raising and releasing wild monarch butterflies in Western North Carolina.
- PGY1 training from MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency Program in Hendersonville, NC
- M.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- B.A. in Chemistry from University of North Carolina Asheville
- Other certifications include:
- PALS (2012), ALSO (2012), ACLS (2011), CPR and First Aid Instructor (2004), Wilderness First Responder (1999), EMT-Basic (1997)
- BIO 328 Human Anatomy and Histology
- CHEM 111 General Chemistry Laboratory
- CHEM 132 General Chemistry
- CHEM 145 Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory
- CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry 1
- CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry Laboratory
- FYS 178 Public Health & Disease
- FYS 178 Race, Power, and Equity in Medicine
- HWP 225 Nutrition & Lifestyle
- HWP 271 Interprofessional Approaches to Health Parity
- HWP 350 Service Learning Health Promotions
- HWP 455 Pathophysiology of Chronic Conditions
- HWP 459 HWP Senior Seminar